2019 Book Recommendations

As we wind down 2019, I, like always, resolve to read more in the coming year. If you’re looking to do the same, I’m sharing my own list of books I read, and recommend, in 2019 in no particular order.

Note: I joined a ladies’ book club this past year, so many of the titles you’ll find here stem from that challenge. I liked some more than others, but I’m glad it expanded my horizons and challenged me to read new books, often with a more feminist bend. While it’s not as lofty as Barak Obama’s yearly book list, you may find a few you’d like to try.

  1. Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel, by Shabha Rao – described by Vogue as “Incandescent…A searing portrait of what feminism looks like in much of the world.”
  2. The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King – described by the New York Times as “the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It.”
  3. Blood and Smoke by Stephen King – a collection of short stories by the master of modern fiction.
  4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty -the number-one New York Times best-selling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
  5. The Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales by Stephen King described as a masterful collection of short stories.
  6. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – described as a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart…based on a notorious true-life scandal in Memphis TN in 1939.”
  7. The Gingerbread Girl by Stephen King – an emotional story about a girl who starts running after her baby’s sudden death, and finds that she can’t stop.
  8. Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult – described as “the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country – and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm.”
  9. Room by Emma Donoghue – from Amazon: “Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.”
  10. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – described as “a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe – and built her back up again.”
  11. Becoming by Michelle Obama, an intimate and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States.
  12. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – described as “a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be enjoyed on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.”
  13. Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins by Mark Schaefer – “Through new research, singular insights, and inspiring case studies, this book challenges your view of what it means to be a marketer today and provides an innovative blueprint for business growth.”
  14. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – described as ” A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope…”
  15. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell – described as a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don’t know.
  16. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – described by PopSugar as “A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness.” 
  17. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – described by Amazon as “This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.”

As we enter 2020, do you have any books you think I need to add to my list? Let me know in the comments, or share with me on Twitter or Facebook.

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